Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


image preview


Spring 3-1978


Pictured is the entrance to historic Tin City, named for its distinguishable tin roofed buildings. Ever since the 1880s, this area of waterfront has attracted many tourists. In earlier times, access to this area was rather difficult; passengers has to disembark at Back Bay. In 1887, Walter N. Haldeman wanted to make this area more accessible, so he and a team built a 600 foot pier into the Gulf of Mexico.

In more recent years, Tin City includes more than 30 shops, 2 waterfront restaurants, and access to the water for the general public.


(accessed 5 Mar 2012)

(accessed 5 Mar 2012)


This object from the Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, housed by the Rhode Island College Special Collections, and any of its digital surrogates are the intellectual property of Rhode Island College. This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. The digital material presented here is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This content can be used, shared, or adapted for educational and scholarly purposes. For permissions to use this item please contact All uses must include appropriate attribution.

Creator 1 Role


Subject Headings

Waterfronts -- Florida -- South Naples; Shopping centers -- Stores, Retail -- Florida -- South Naples; Tin City (South Naples, Fla.); Restaurants -- Florida -- South Naples;

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name


City Name


Street Address

1200 5th Avenue


Tin City, South Naples, waterfront, tourism, retail, shops, restaurants